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Waze Adds Voice Commands, Motorcycle Mode, Carpool Lanes

30 November 2017

Waze already had voice commands, but today this feature is easier to use.

Motorcycle mode will offer routes that have been optimized for bikers based on where other Waze users who are on motorcycles are riding.

Meanwhile, the new OK Waze feature lets you get directions, preview the route ahead, report a traffic jam, and add a pit stop, all with the sound of your voice.

Google bought Waze about four years ago, and since then, there haven't been a lot of major upgrades to the navigation apps. The team behind the crowd-sourced navigation app says that this is one of the "biggest Waze app updates ever", and for good reason.

Finlay Clark, head of Waze UK said: "Drive times, routes and roads vary between automobiles and motorcycles, so by including this new vehicle type, Waze is proud to be supporting a driving experience unique to motorcycle navigation". Also enjoy using voice commands by simply turning on the feature in "Settings" and "Allow Waze" to access your microphone.

Google's Waze goes hands-free with new voice command and gets motorcycle mode for tailored navigation
Waze adds new motorcycle mode and 'OK Waze' voice commands

Finally, the new HOV feature will help you find carpool lanes, and offers more accurate arrival times when you plan to use them.

"In addition, safety of all road users is always a top priority for Waze and we encourage drivers to use the app as it is intended - by docking the phone and leveraging hands-free functionality during their entire route for an undistracted drive.The new "OK Waze" feature allows us to continue to innovate on safety and support better driving habits".

The Waze voice commands are already available in English for users in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Waze promised to roll it out to more languages in the near future.

For example, those riding with a full carpool crew should go to Settings Navigation Add Toll/ HOV pass, and then choose from the list of available passes for your area. If you're driving a fuel-efficient auto, go to Settings, tap Navigation, and select Vehicle Type. The HOV feature is now supported in 22 U.S. markets plus Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. To enable this, just go to Settings Vehicle Type Motorcycles in the app.

Waze Adds Voice Commands, Motorcycle Mode, Carpool Lanes